As the Walmart in El Paso reopens Thursday, with future plans for a memorial for the people who died in August’s mass shooting, behind the scenes the mega-retailer has tapped a credentialed local civil defense attorney for litigation by 36 plaintiffs and counting.

Walmart’s defense counsel, Laura Enriquez, often defends the company against personal injury cases filed in El Paso state and federal courts. She’s facing off against a group of plaintiffs attorneys from across Texas, who have been seeking pre-lawsuit discovery about potential claims that Walmart was negligent by not providing proper security for the El Paso store. Plaintiffs won a victory in late September when the court ordered Walmart to preserve evidence, and allow their counsel to inspect the store, KTXS reported.

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